11/15/2019 TIER was contacted by a gentleman who was walking his dog at the Santa Ana riverbed. He had seen a loose horse that was thin and lying down and asked if we could help.
(Picture is a bit grainy) TIER contacted a good friend in the area known for his horse handling skills. Mike had worked with some abused mustangs at TIER several years ago, is involved with Back Country Horsemen-Santa Ana River Unit, Mounted Posse, etc. He is a trusted and talented horseman who agreed to go into the Santa Ana Riverbed and see if he might be able to help the horse.
Mike headed down with another horseman on foot, found his bed down spot, figured out his general habits, found his feed spot, tracked him for a few miles. As soon as they got close to the horse he took off running. Ended up running across a golf course and then was out of sight. The horse did not appear to be lame or starving. The terrain is rather rough and it would have most likely taken several horse savvy people on horseback many hours and miles to TRY to catch the horse. Due to terrain, it would be difficult for horses and riders.
A month later, the horse was lured into a temporary corral set up behind an irrigation/lighting company. The workers saw the horse go into the corral and promptly shut the gate. Animal Control was notified and they picked him up (ran him into the trailer because nobody was going to try to get a halter on him!) and transported to Riverside County Department of Animal Services facility in Jurupa Valley.
There had been many postings about this horse on social media. He survived the fire that swept through that area not long ago. People were leaving feed for him as was Riverside Animal Services. TIER was notified of his capture on 12/14/2019 via a news article and contacted Mike. Mike agreed to take on the handling of this horse whom we have named MAVERIK if Animal Services agreed to place him with TIER.
(12/16/2019 Maverik at shelter)
12/16/2019: Mike will be visiting this boy at the shelter today to see just how wild and crazy he may be. It is our hope that he's not too untamed and can be handled so that Mike can get him out of the shelter in a few days, once a pen has been set up, and start working with him after he settles down.
IF we are able to get Maverik from the shelter to Mike's, he will eventually need to see the vet, farrier and perhaps the dentist once he has been evaluated and can be handled safely. Who knows? He may just be a big puppy dog of a horse that was enjoying his freedom along the river. Wouldn't that be nice?